Work Examples: Supply Chain & Logistics

See examples of my work in Supply Chain & Logistics

Long-form Journalism

The American Transportation Research Institute’s Top Industry Issues report, released in October 2017, found the technician shortage as the top challenge facing trucking companies today. This [...]

Omnichannel Case Study

“We are living in a time-sensitive click-and-ship marketplace, yet many retailers still find themselves scrambling to optimize their omnichannel strategies,” laments Matt Clark, COO of [...]

Food Safety Technology

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sees food safety as a prime issue. So much so that on Jan. 4, 2011, then-President Barack Obama signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Action (FSMA), [...]

Shipping and Ports Article

Transporting cargo involves more than planes, trains and trucks. It involves ships too. The long-awaited expansion of the Panama Canal took nearly a decade and cost $4.4 billion. It’s made it [...]

Business Tech: Blockchain

Blockchain offers tremendous possibility for supply chain in supplier payments, product traceability and contract bids. Its use can increase security, improve transparency and create scalability. [...]

A top executive with SAP once wrote in an email to me: “You clearly get our space, our business and you do really great work.” The reason for this is simple: Supply chain and logistics interests me in a way I never thought it could.  The topic is big and requires some thinking to get your head around, and it needs a writer who can distill technical information into words everyone can understand. The supply chain topics in my wheelhouse are varied, but included among them are: blockchain, IOT, IIOT, procurement, trucking and logistics, omnichannel and last-mile delivery.

Excerpt 1

If studies by Parsons Brinckerhoff and A.T. Kearney are to be believed, the opening of the new Panama Canal locks will boost both East Coast and Gulf Coast cargo traffic. While these studies forecast that 50 percent of the traffic moving through the enhanced canal will be destined for East Coast ports, Gulf Coast ports stand to win an increased share of cargo as well, with forecasts predicting a 12 to 15 percent uptick in cargo, equal to 5 million TEUs over the next 10-plus years.

The increases in the Gulf were anticipated and planned for, especially among the ports of Houston, Mobile and New Orleans; three major players that stand to be impacted the most by the Panama Canal improvements. Studies predict as container shipping lines adjust their schedules and services to include post-Panamax ships, Gulf ports’ cargo share will increase by 7 percent in 2017, then level off to an annual growth of 3-4 percent a year throughout 2028.

(Excerpt from article on the impact of the Panama Canal on Gulf Coast ports.)

Excerpt 2

Consumers already employ the IoT in their homes to turn on the lights, adjust the temperature and in using high-tech appliances that alert them when they need milk or when the wash is dry. But the IoT has the power to transform more than just how people live, it also can enable the food and beverage industry to monitor shipments in real time to ensure products are always stored at the right temperature and are fresh and safe for consumers to eat.

(Excerpt from article on the use of the IoT to keep food safe during transport.)

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